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Event: World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum)[viewed]

Organized by the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), the UN World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum) is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society.

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Event: Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM[viewed]

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda.

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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Madagascar, Togo Report on SDG Implementation[viewed]

Madagascar and Togo have submitted preliminary inputs ahead of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In the executive summary of Madagascar's forthcoming presentation, and the preliminary version of Togo's full report, the governments note challenges in terms of their respective capacity building and resource mobilization for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation.

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UN Strengthens Response to Global Health Crises[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a briefing on strengthening the global health architecture, hearing updates on multilateral responses to global health crises such as Ebola and other pandemics. UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft told delegates that implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) will require a shift from addressing single issues to taking a systems approach.

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience[viewed]

Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UK Development Committee Urges Government to Clarify, Prioritize SDG Implementation [viewed]

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require strong leadership, a coherent implementation plan and a cross-government approach, according to the UK's International Development Committee. In a report titled ‘UK Implementation of the SDGs,' the Committee reflects on the UK's implementation plans, and makes recommendations on domestic policy, policy coherence and the role of the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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Event: Informal Consultations on Zero Draft Ministerial Declaration for HLPF and ECOSOC High-Level Segment[viewed]

Co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, will hold informal consultations on the zero draft of the Ministerial Declaration for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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Event: First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury[viewed]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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Co-Facilitators Issue Zero Draft of Ministerial Declaration for HLPF, HLS[viewed]

Co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, have issued the zero draft of the Ministerial Declaration for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), following discussion of an elements paper on 16 June. The co-facilitators plan to conduct a first reading of the zero draft on 23 June 2016.

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